Our family spent an incredible five days in this wonderful place. We stayed at the Navutu Dreams Resort situated outside the town. It is an excellent hotel. With a tuk tuk driver included with our rooms, we were easily able to navigate our way around the local sites.
On our first day we visited the Bayon temple and Ta Phrom. There were elephants taking people for rides around the temples. The Tomb Raider temple was fantastic. It was like being transported back in time with twisted, gnarled roots curling around the stone work. The temple was shaded by lovely trees.
We booked a tour into the countryside on our second day with Buffalo Trails, a local company. We were very impressed with our trip, which was both fascinating and informative. It gave us an insight into how local people in Cambodia live and enabled us to meet some families. We were taken to a local market where our guide showed us all of the different produce. We then travelled to a village, where we saw how the rice was grown in the paddy fields. There was a buffalo cart ride, which was great fun and rather bumpy. We had a meal with a local family and were shown how they prepare rice and remove the husks. The children had a go at weaving. They loved seeing all of the farm animals. Our host was lovely and welcoming. We tried lots of unusual food, including sticky rice prepared in bamboo tubes. We spent another day with Buffalo Trails and went to Kampong Kleang village on Ton Le Sap lake. It was fascinating to see the homes built on the lake. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us all about the animals and plants that we saw. A boat took us onto the lake and from there we transferred to canoes and explored the floating village.
Angkor Wat was inspirational. Surrounded by a large moat, a host of intricate buildings were laid out symmetrically. To be allowed into the central temple you had to be dressed appropriately. There was a steep climb to reach the very heart of the temple. In the afternoon we visited the War Museum. It was interesting to learn about the history of the country. There were photographs and old vehicles to look at. The children were very interested.
A visit to the Cambodian Circus was one of the highlights of our trip. We had a lovely meal before the show. The acrobats were very talented and performed amazing stunts.
Cambodia is a fascinating country to visit. Wonderful people and fascinating sites to visit.